METRO Magazine - May 2014

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AC Transit Builds ‘A Better Ride’ with New Buses, Enhanced Services

By Janna Starcic, Executive Editor

The agency has so far revamped its fleet with 210 new buses, created task forces to focus on areas such as on-time performance, reducing accidents and decreasing road calls. Additionally, it’s long-awaited East Bay BRT project is making headway.

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AC Transit Builds ‘A Better Ride’ with New Buses, Enhanced Services
The agency has so far revamped its fleet with 210 new buses, created task forces to focus on areas such as on-time performance, reducing accidents and decreasing road calls. Additionally, it’s long-awaited East Bay BRT project is making headway.

2014 Bus Maintenance Survey: Technician Staffing, Training Issues Grow
METRO’s annual Bus Maintenance Survey sees a growth in workforce issues compared to the first three installments, while more than 60% of the agencies who responded say they are buying more parts because they have to hold onto buses longer.

Vapor, Ricon products aim to improve efficiency, safety and productivity
In keeping with parent company Wabtec’s mission of helping their customers improve their efficiency, safety and productivity, the companies have continually introduced innovative products and services

'Connected' Vehicle Testing Aims to Bolster Bus Safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation is testing nearly 3,000 vehicles, including transit buses, equipped with wireless communication devices that transmit a safety message indicating their position, speed and other data.

MCI Making Series of Improvements to Flagship Models, Adding Setra Options
New 2014 Setra models feature new options, while J and D-Series models are in the process of adding features to lower cost of operation while enhancing reliability and ride.

Metrolink Leads the Way as PTC Deadline Looms
The California rail system turns from tragedy to triumph as it moves toward completing positive train control installation on its rail lines by 2015. The expedited effort was spurred in part by the 2008 collision that killed 25 passengers. For many systems, though, gaining radio frequency spectrum remains a challenge.

APTA Expo 2014 to highlight livable communities, international practices
The show floor will illustrate Expo 2014’s theme, “Powering Possibilities” with ample opportunity for public transportation professionals to participate in educational sessions, forums, tours and networking events.

DART airport station set to open 4 months early
The five-mile Orange Line extension from Belt Line Station to the newly rebuilt Terminal A at DFW will bring the longest light rail system in the U.S. to 90 miles.

Illinois transit group urges patent reform legislation
The call seeks to protect the industry, and subsequently other industries, from patent trolls — shell companies that purchase patents with no intention of innovating, but instead sue those who do.

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